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Stat of the Day: Thanksgiving Costs Up a Record 20%, but Prescription Drug Prices Decline

As we approach Thanksgiving, you may have heard (or personally experienced) that the cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year is up a record 20%.

Meanwhile, guess what's actually declined in price, according to the federal government itself.  That would be prescription drug prices, which declined 0.1% last month alone.

Perhaps the Biden Administration should focus on helping everyday Americans afford Thanksgiving, rather than artificially imposing innovation-killing government price controls on lifesaving drugs, which are actually declining in price and nowhere near the inflation rate afflicting other consumer costs.…[more]

November 17, 2022 • 11:48 AM

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1 CFIF Launches Ad Campaign Calling for Repeal of Tennessee’s “Certificate of Need” (CON) Laws

NASHVILLE, TN – This week, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) launched a digital and radio advertising campaign calling for the repeal of Tennessee’s “Certificate of Need” (CON) laws. The ads, which are running in the Nashville and Knoxville media markets, highlight how CON laws give unelected government bureaucrats too…

2 The Mysteries of Long COVID

When the original strain of COVID-19 arrived in spring 2020, a pandemic soon swept the country. By far most survived COVID. But hundreds of thousands did not. American deaths now number well over 1 million. Amid the tragedy, there initially was some hope that the pernicious effects of the disease would all disappear upon recovery among the nearly…

3 The Democrats' Lifespan Reduction Act

Across the pond, Brits are demanding their next prime minister do something to reduce the U.K.'s notorious cancer death rates. But here in the U.S., Democrats are doing the opposite. They're pushing for European-style price controls on drugs that will slow cancer cures and lead to more deaths. Americans enjoy the highest cancer survival rates in the…

4 Drug Prices Remain Moderated, but Democrats Nevertheless Push Destructive Price Controls

A year ago this week, Joe Biden went on record dismissing inflation – which had quadrupled from 1.4% to 5.4% during his first six months – as “temporary”:   Some folks have raised worries that this could be a sign of persistent inflation.  But that’s not our view.  Our experts believe, and the data…

5 The CDC Is Deceiving the Public Again

If you have to go to the hospital, you don't want to end up in a dangerous one.  The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention knows which hospitals are riskiest, but it's hiding that information from you – your safety be damned. The feds seem to think they work for the hospital industry, not for you. Whenever a hospital…

6 Beware Fauci's Scheme To Empower the World Health Organization

When the next pandemic hits, President Joe Biden wants the World Health Organization – a puppet of the Chinese Communist Party – to have more power over the U.S. and other countries. Among other changes, WHO is pushing for "equity" in access to vaccines and medicines, meaning the U.S. will be hindered from…

7 Drug Price Controls Reemerge from Biden’s “Build Back Better” Rubble

Regarding the Beatles, it’s often observed that their whole was greater than the sum of their four individual parts.   In other words, paraphrasing Aristotle’s maxim, together they achieved a magical symbiosis surpassing anything that their individual talents added together might have otherwise anticipated.   In any…

8 New Study Confirms How Drug Price Controls Kill Investment and Innovation

Anyone who considers European healthcare a model to emulate or welcomes government drug price controls just received a jarring corrective in the form of a new study by VitalTransformation.   For example, as of 2019 late-stage biopharmaceutical venture capital funding in the European Union (EU) amounted to just 3% of the United States level…

9 Fauci Puts Us at Risk

A new COVID-19 variant, reported from sub-Saharan Africa on Wednesday, has caused many developed countries to halt travel from that region without delay. All except America, which, thanks to Anthony Fauci, dithered and ultimately put into place a tepid plan to go into effect on Monday. As if viruses don't spread and kill on holiday weekends. As soon…

10 Biden Administration Seeks to Kill the Moderna Goose that Laid the Golden Vaccine Egg

The same Biden Administration that seemed almost annoyed at having to evacuate desperate Americans from the Afghanistan chaos of its own creation apparently holds even greater contempt toward U.S. pharmaceutical innovators that came to the world’s rescue in 2020.   The administration embarrassingly prostrates itself before the Taliban…

11 Congressional Drug Price “Negotiation” Proposal Would Cost Lives, Defy Voters

Just like in 1994 and 2010, voters this week sent an unmistakable signal to Congressional Democrats on their radical legislative agenda:  Pump the brakes.   Former Obama shaman David Axelrod certainly got that message, lamenting on CNN as the votes rolled in that they’d be wise to reconsider their pending multi-trillion-dollar…

12 New Vaccine Science Shows Mandates Are Unwise

New scientific findings in the prestigious Lancet Infectious Diseases journal blow a hole in the argument that workers need to get vaccinated to protect those around them. The findings prove the foolishness of forcing police and other public employees to get jabbed or lose their pay. And President Joe Biden should retract his order to the Occupational…

13 H.R. 3 Will Kill U.S. Drug Innovation, University of Chicago Finds

Americans understandably tune out ongoing political battles in Washington, D.C.  According to two separate and devastating new studies from the University of Chicago and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), however, Americans had better pay attention to H.R. 3, Nancy Pelosi’s healthcare price control legislation.  …

14 Why Isn't Biden to Blame for COVID-19 Deaths?

One of the most morally revolting talking points taken up by Democrats in their effort to deflect attention from President Joe Biden's deadly incompetence in Afghanistan is to minimize the deaths of 13 troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, by pointing out that more people are dying from COVID-19 every day. First of all, if we use the standards that Democrats…

15 Public Health Officials Conceal Hospital Infection Outbreaks

Public health officials struggle with telling the truth. They seem to think people don't deserve to know. At the beginning of COVID-19, they told us we didn't need masks instead of admitting there was a mask shortage.  Last week, health officials announced outbreaks of a hospital infection that's highly contagious and untreatable by any medication…

16 Biden Ignoring COVID-19 Dangers at Border and in Hospitals

COVID-19 cases in the US leapt 47.5% last week from the previous week. Shots in arms, not shutdowns, are the answer. Among the big risks to Americans right now are unvaccinated healthcare workers and unvaccinated, undocumented migrants fanning out across the U.S. But President Joe Biden is putting politics ahead of tackling these two politically toxic…

17 Debunking Some Anti-Patent Myths

Throughout its history, the United States has led the world in protecting intellectual property (IP) rights.  On that foundation, we’ve also led the world in artistic, commercial and scientific innovation, particularly with lifesaving medicines and vaccines. Yet patent rights are under increasing assault, with some charging biopharmaceutical…

18 Biden Dropping the Ball on Preparedness

Life is getting back to normal, and not a day too soon. But scientists warn that another pandemic could smack us. While we're letting down our guard, the federal government should be preparing for that possibility. The 581,000 deaths and economic destruction our nation suffered were caused more by unpreparedness and poor decision-making than by the…

19 Punishing Big Pharma for Its Success Will Cost Lives

The New York Times reports that "Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine." The pharma giant Pfizer earned revenues of $3.5 billion in the first three months of 2021, estimated to generate around $900 billion in profits. All the company had to do was create a safe drug that effectively alleviated the threat of the most…

20 In Welcome Bipartisanship, Senator Chris Coons Stands Up for Strong Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

Amid today’s spiral of societal acrimony, even hardened partisans can appreciate those rare instances of sobriety and bipartisanship from elected officials.   That’s particularly true when the policy issue in question is literally one of life and death.   We witnessed a welcome moment of such sobriety last week, when…

21 Science Says If You're Vaccinated, Enjoy Life Again

For 14 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended draconian restrictions on Americans' daily lives to combat COVID-19. The CDC made light of the hardships and economic losses the restrictions inflicted. Call the agency the "Centers for Doubletalk and Confusion." Now, evidence is emerging that the restrictions were…

22 CFIF Reiterates Opposition to H.R. 3, Nancy Pelosi’s Socialized Medicine Bill

 ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, Democrats in the House of Representatives doubled down on Speaker Pelosi’s plan to impose a socialized drug pricing system that would import foreign price controls, stifle innovation and limit patient access by reintroducing H.R. 3, the deceptively-titled “Lower Drug Costs Now Act.”  What follows…

23 'America First' in Vaccinations

In the race to save lives, the United States and England are winning. A stunning 47% of U.K. residents and 36% of U.S. residents have received at least one dose. Compare that with the European Union, where only 15% have gotten at least one jab. The U.S. and the U.K. are way ahead thanks to the brash nationalism of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson…

24 COVID Hypocrisy at the White House

Biden administration health official Rochelle Walensky announced Monday that vaccinated Americans can visit with others who are vaccinated in small groups at home. But when Walensky was asked about visiting grandchildren, she said no, unless the kids are local. Even vaccinated people must avoid traveling. "Every time there's a surge in travel,…

25 Biden Is Ignoring Virus Mutations

Two straight weeks of good news: COVID-19 cases are declining, hospitalizations are down and the daily pace of vaccinations is on the rise nationwide. What's not to celebrate? Yet, the nation's leading infectious disease experts are warning us that the situation is dire because new, more dangerous strains of the virus threaten the success of the U…

26 Joe Biden's COVID Deceptions

President Joe Biden contends there is "nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months," which is the exact opposite of what presidential candidate Joe Biden promised voters during the 2020 campaign. And by "exact opposite," I mean the president's alleged plan to beat coronavirus literally said…

27 US Should Vaccinate Its Own Before Sharing Vaccines

On Thursday, Anthony Fauci informed the World Health Organization that the Biden administration will participate in WHO's vaccine-sharing project. That reverses President Donald Trump's "America First" approach. Fauci says the goal is to ensure "equitable access" to vaccines for all countries in the world, rich and poor alike. …

28 Biden's Timid Plan to Fight COVID-19

As COVID-19 mutates, it's becoming more contagious than the virus that invaded the U.S. about a year ago. A trip to the grocery with a mask on, which used to be low risk, is becoming riskier.  As cases and deaths increase rapidly, people are scared and upset. They're spending hours on websites and hotlines struggling unsuccessfully to get vaccine…

29 End the Deadly Vaccine Delays

If you live in Florida or Texas and you're 65 or over, you can get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine at a mall, stadium or drive-thru center. You may have to wait for hours, but being in line is better than being in the dark. That's where most New Yorkers are – desperate to get the vaccine and with no way to sign up. It may be months before…

30 Leftists Hijacking Vaccination Rollout

You were warned about this first in July. Now, it's happening. On Sunday, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that seniors ages 65 to 74 be moved toward the back of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. The reason, says ACIP, is that "racial and ethnic minority groups (are) under-represented" in this age group…

 
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Which one of the following U.S. Presidents was the first to proclaim a National Day of Thanksgiving?
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"The White House recently issued a new regulation that will allow investment fiduciaries, including 401(k) plan managers, to offer investment options that consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, such as climate change and social justice initiatives. The move could radically transform retirement investing for tens of millions of Americans nationwide.Until now, those managing many…[more]
 
 
—Justin Haskins, Executive Editor and Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute
— Justin Haskins, Executive Editor and Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute
 
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